Sir Royston Hopkin is the owner of the Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada and has been involved in regional tourism for decades. He holds the distinction of being also the first and youngest Grenadian, at the age of 24, to be elected President of the Grenada Hotel Association, a position he held 14 times. He has served on the Board of the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) – recently renamed the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) since 1970.
Sir Royston is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the coveted Caribbean Hotel Association’s “Hotelier of the Year” honour in 1991; Grenada’s Silver Anniversary Independence Award for 25 years of dedicated service; and was honoured by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in 1995 and 2002. In 2006, he received the Grenada Board of Tourism’s Tourism Nutmeg Award for his contribution to the local industry. In 2009 the CHTA presented Sir Royston with their Lifetime Achievement Award.
In January 2010, Sir Royston was bestowed with the prestigious Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality And in June 2011, he was bestowed the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the first hotelier and Grenadian to receive this accolade. In 2016 he received the Six Star Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.
Outside of business, Sir Royston was one of the first Grenadians to establish a scholarship fund for needy children, when he adopted the Grand Anse R.C. School in 1992. Every year he gives a minimum of fifteen secondary education scholarships to needy students of that school. Since the establishment of the fund, 181 students have received scholarships. There are currently 76 active students participating in the programme.
In December 1994, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II bestowed upon him the “Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George” (CMG) for his contributions to Grenada and Caribbean tourism. In her New Years Honours list in December 2004, Her Majesty elevated his rank to that of Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG).
Today, Sir Royston is internationally known for his industry knowledge and savvy. He is the former Chairman of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST), the largest private sector sustainable organization in the region. He is an Honorary Director of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, Honorary Director of the Grenada Hotel & Tourism Association and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Queen Elizabeth Home for Children.
Sir Royston Hopkin is married to Betty – The Lady Hopkin, and has three children – Ryan, Nerissa and Janelle who all work at the resort to ensure that the Hopkin brand of hospitality continues in the years to come.